Towers and Trails of Cappadocia
Turkey, Discovery, 8 days - from £695 (land only) - from €975 (land only) - from $1,175 (land only)
Excellent Value for Money and Superb Locations!
Our walking week in Cappadocia includes meals, airport transfers from Kayseri, excellent walks and charming hotels in two amazing locations - `step back in time` Guzelyurt and magical Goreme.
- Walking holiday in the magical landscape of Cappadocia in Turkey
- Stay in UNESCO `fairy-tale` Goreme and Ottoman-Greek Guzelyurt
- Explore the underground city of Derinkuyu and Monastery Valley
- Walk the Ihlara Canyon scattered with rock cut rooms and churches
- Stunning sunsets, colourful formations and breathtaking landscapes
This wonderful walking holiday highlights the very best of Cappadocia, with 6 days of relaxed walking. Making a fascinating tour of this unique corner of the world, we start out with a walk in the Ihlara valleys close to Guzelyurt, walking through a surreal landscape of strangely eroded volcanic rock and colourful fairy chimneys. We then visit the magnificent 'Swiss cheese' underground city of Derinkuyu and open-air Goreme Museum, an unmissable complex of frescoed cave churches dating from medieveal times. Scenic hikes in the beautiful 'Red' and 'Rose' Valleys and to the oldest settlement of Cavusin, take us through a world of rock-hewn dwellings and churches carved out by Christian communities of the 9th - 11th centuries. Walking amongst the vineyards and toadstool-like 'fairy chimneys' of the White Valley, we also climb to the 'Citadel' at Uchisar for far reaching views. With a mix of pleasant walks, atmospheric accommodation and great food, this is quite simply a brilliant holiday in a part of Turkey which is as yet little visited, but rapidly gaining notice as a must-see destination.
Is this holiday for you?
The central Turkish region of Cappadocia cosists of a high plateau at around 1000 metres elevation, above which rise a number of volcanoes of which, Mount Erciyes (3916m) near Kayseri is the tallest. Historically ash deposits from these volcanoes accumulated to great depths and it is this material that has been eroded to create the wild rock formations for which Cappadocia is famous. The region also has an incredibly rich history and the combination of geography and history makes it one of the most distinctive and attractive travel destinations in Europe. Based at 2 different hotels, we will make a thorough exploration of the area, transferring to the most interesting places, combining short hikes (3 to 4 hours only) with sightseeing visits and cultural experiences. This is an easy walking holiday and accesible to anyone who keeps themselves reasonably fit.